9-year-old needs help raising money for premature babies

Abigail TeBeest is raising money for the March for Babies Walk happening in Amarillo April 29. (ABC 7 Amarillo)

Abigail TeBeest is working to raise $1000 as part of her March for Babies campaign. TeBeest was born nine weeks early, weighing two pounds and 13 ounces, forcing her to spend 63 days in BSA Hospital's NICU. She is now in the third grade and told ABC 7 News, she feels a connection with babies born prematurely.

"I feel very happy for those who have survived. I also feel sad for those who have passed, but I am very thankful for those who have survived. I am very happy that March of Dimes is a sponsor for children that are born too early,” the young advocate expressed.

The March of Dimes Foundation continues to work in local communities across the country to help mothers take charge of their health and support families when something goes wrong. One of the foundation's goals is to find ways to support families with premature births. The nationwide March for Babies Walk raises money for babies in the NICU and connects them with the critical treatments and care they need. Locally, the event will take place in Amarillo on April 29.

TeBeest has raised more than $600 for her team, Abigail's Army, and said she is hoping to raise as much as possible by next Saturday's deadline. She said she is grateful for causes like March of Dimes.

“I was born as a preemie and my mom was thinking about it and was like I think that’s a good thing. It will celebrate those who have survived and those who have passed, and thank doctors for March for[sic] Dimes,” TeBeest revealed.

To help Abigail's Army meet their goal, click here to donate.

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